School Life

After School Clubs

Hampstead Hill School offers a variety of after school activities  for children from Pre-Reception Year upwards. The children are taught by professionals, charges are competitive,  and where relevant  there are  open classes for Parents at the end of each school year. These activities are very popular and frequently have long waiting lists.

There are currently four after school classes timetabled for children from Pre-Reception through to Year 2.  These classes, which are listed below, can be booked from July each year and are then confirmed places for the three ‘terms’ in the whole of the following school year.   Half a term’s notice must please be given if you wish your child to stop a particular activity.

Current clubs include Drama, Gymnastics, Chess and  Dance .

Obviously numbers have to be restricted appropriately so once the class list is filled applications will be placed on a waiting list and parents contacted if a space becomes available.

If you would like more information about after-school activities please call the School Administration desk.

Travelling To School

Hampstead Hill School has a Green Travel Plan in place and it is our policy to actively encourage walking/use of public transport and discourage use of cars whenever possible. These methods of transport to and from school benefit the children’s physical health, support the moves to improve air pollution and help the local environment. We can accommodate younger pupil’s pushchairs as well as scooters and bicycles. We also actively encourage car-pooling where cars have to be used.

Drive safely/slowly around our school – most roads in London Borough of Camden have a 20 miles per hour speed limit. We encourage parents/guardians to travel to our school using sustainable modes of transport where possible, however we appreciate that some families need to drive. We are urging parents who have to drive their children to school to ensure they drive below 20mph to help increase compliance with the speed limit. This helps everyone to make the streets safer and more pleasant to travel around, and reduces the risk of collisions.

Hampstead Hill School has shown its commitment to more sustainable school journeys by collaborating for many years now with a local charity called Green School Runs (www.greenschoolruns.org). Green School Runs is a group of local parents concerned with poor air quality caused by traffic congestion, especially during the school run. Together with local schools and authorities, Green School Runs has been working to raise awareness of the causes and consequences of air pollution – especially on children – and to promote alternatives to driving for the school run. If you are interested to learn more about what you could do to make your school run more healthy and sustainable please visit the Green School Run website (www.greenschoolruns.org), where you can also browse this handy guide (https://www.greenschoolruns.org/_files/ugd/3cf5ce_4115cba7daa94780993f1e9d64ac1df3.pdf) on how to reach your school in NW3 without driving up to the school gate.

Holiday Scheme

During all school holiday periods, except for the Christmas break, Hampstead Hill School operates a ‘Holiday Scheme’ which is open to all pupils from the end of Reception Year onwards. The Holiday Scheme is not covered by your School fees and is charged daily according to the trip/activity.

A full schedule of activities and booking form is sent home about two to three weeks before the relevant holidays and children can be booked in, in advance, for as many days as required. We do our very best to accommodate anyone with a last minute emergency and if there is no space available on the scheme we can always offer childcare in school. Although the scheme does not operate over the Christmas break we do offer childcare in school if required.

The Holiday Scheme offers ‘in house’ and locally based activities during the half-term breaks such as Art & Craft, Cookery, Model Making and trips out to Golders Hill Park, the cinema and the RAF Museum. Over the Easter Holidays similar activities take place, some with an Easter theme, and in addition there are some day trips to places such as London Zoo, The Royal Gunpowder Mills, a Canal Boat Picnic Cruise and Bowling.

The scheme runs for the whole seven weeks of the summer holidays and includes a full week of ‘Taekwando’, a full week of ‘Football Training’, several ‘Circus Skills Workshops’ and several ‘Pony Days’ too. There are generally less ‘in house’ days over the summer and day trips include places like Woburn Safari Park, the beach, Hellfire Caves, The Horse Trust, Hatfield House, Kew Gardens and Mountfitchit Norman Castle.